The Little Black Dress (LBD) is a dress with a reputation for versatility, fitting in its multiple forms just about any reputation and attitude. It can be high-end style or elegantly simple. It can highlight an accessory or require none. A free petite exhibition at FIDM Museum & Galleries reflects on this versatility while paying homage to the 50th anniversary of Breakfast at Tiffany's where Audrey Hepburn gave this dress new meaning.
The exhibition features a selection of over a dozen black dresses that run the gamut of styles and designers, including a re-creation of Hubert de Givenchy's iconic black dress worn by Hepburn herself for the film. Designers featured include Christian Dior, Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, and Valentina, as well as FIDM alumni Kevan Hall, Monique Lhuillier, and Chan Luu.
Continuing the LBD's filmic traditions, distinctly different LBDs from True Lies (FIDM alum Marlene Stewart), Alias (Laura Goldsmith), and True Blood (Audrey Fisher and Syren Couture) are concurrently on display. To lend a note to versatility, the dress from True Blood is made of latex. Also available are illustrations by current FIDM students reimagining Breakfast at Tiffany's leading lady for 2011 with, of course, an iconic black dress.
Ultimately, the LBD is as much a dress as it is an idea. You can explore this idea for free at FIDM Museum & Galleries in Downtown LA from now until Saturday, August 13th, 2011. For more information, visit ExperienceLA.com.
Photo Credit: Alex J. Berliner/abimages